German lawmakers drag pricing freeze out to 2017

The German government has decided to extend a drug-pricing freeze through 2017. Originally set to expire at the end of last year, the pricing policy is just one of the spending moves that has crimped pharma's sales in that country. Legislators also voted to base wholesaler and pharmacy margins on negotiated drug prices, which would publicize discounts on drug brands, allowing other countries to press for lower prices as well. Report